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How To Teach Your Child Breathing Techniques With Rory The Lion

13 October 2023
How To Teach Your Child Breathing Techniques With Rory The Lion
In the fast-paced world we live in today, teaching our children how to manage their emotions and stress is crucial. One powerful tool that can help kids of all ages is: deep breathing. And what better way to introduce them to this essential skill than with Rory the Lion, a lovable plush companion designed to make learning fun? In this blog post, we'll explore three simple yet effective breathing techniques you can teach your child using Rory the Lion.

Lion's Breath with Rory:
Rory the Lion's main feature is the Lion's Breath exercise. When your child presses Rory's nose, he roars like a lion, making deep breathing an exciting adventure. This technique not only encourages deep inhalations and exhalations but also captures your child's imagination. Here's how to do it:
  • Have your child sit comfortably with Rory the Lion around their shoulders.
  • Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose.
  • When you exhale, open your mouth wide and let out a "roar" like Rory.
  • Repeat this a few times, and encourage your child to join in. Rory's presence and playful roars make this technique enjoyable for children.

Belly Breathing:
Belly breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, is a fundamental technique for calming the mind and reducing stress. It's a great technique to teach kids as it's easy to understand and implement. Here's how to do it:

  • Sit or lie down comfortably.
  • Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly.
  • Take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise as you fill your lungs.
  • Exhale slowly through your mouth, feeling your belly fall.
  • Encourage your child to mimic your movements and explain how deep breaths help relax the body and mind.

Buddy Breathing:
Buddy breathing is a wonderful technique for children to practice with a friend or family member. It encourages cooperation, trust, and relaxation. Here's how to do it:

  • Sit facing each other, cross-legged or in a comfortable position.
  • Place your hands on each other's shoulders or hold hands.
  • Take a deep breath in together, counting to three.
  • Exhale slowly together, counting to three.
  • Continue this pattern, syncing your breaths with your buddy.

Teaching your child essential breathing techniques like Lion's Breath, Belly Breathing, and 4-7-8 Breathing with the help of Rory the Lion can be both educational and enjoyable. These techniques empower children to manage their emotions, reduce stress, and develop lifelong skills for emotional well-being. So, bring Rory the Lion into your child's life and embark on a journey of relaxation and self-discovery together.

Sarah Habib
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